Quilting on Fogo Island
Newfoundlanders have a rich history of textile-making. Quilts especially have been prized and beloved for centuries as objects that convey not only artistic beauty, but also as emblematic of both resourcefulness and survival.
The “crazy quilt,” one of several traditional designs, is defined by its vibrant and spontaneous array of patchwork, usually accented with hand-embroidered, decorative herringbone stitching. Born from necessity and thrift, these quilts began as a patchwork of odds and ends. Fabric remnants from pieces of clothing that had run their course were combined with other patches to become something at once utilitarian and pleasing to the eye. Today, Fogo Islanders retain the knowledge and practice of quilting, and continue to produce an array of designs with heritage monikers such as “tea leaf,” “nosegay-compass points,” and “rob Peter to pay Paul.”
Pick up needle and thread and take advantage of a range of quilting experiences from half-day orientations to five-day immersive courses, all guided by a Master Quilter here.
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